From our brains, to our bones and our skin, we want to look and feel our best…at any age! Be it from late 30’s to 40’s, 50’s and beyond, we at Amazing over 40 want to educate you on ways to age gracefully with simple lifestyle tips and strategies.
One incredibly important element involved in aging is our diet – what we put into our bodies can exert a huge impact on our overall health and wellness.
Here are the top 7 foods I’ve discovered to keep your skin glowing, your brain sharp as a tack and your energy level at its peak. Not to mention balancing your hormones!
Top 7 Anti-Aging Foods
1. Avocados: Avocados are filled with a healthy type of fat, monounsaturated fat, which helps keep your heart healthy, brain thriving and skin hydrated. This same fat helps to absorb the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs for hormonal balance. Also try: olive oil, walnuts, and almonds
2. Oranges: These are loaded with Vitamin C which helps to make collagen which keeps our skin tighter with less fine lines. Because they are also high in water content, your skin and cells will stay hydrated. Eat 3 cups of vegetables and 1.5 cups of fruit/day.
Also try: pink grapefruit, tomatoes, watermelon
3. Oats: Yes, oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates with a low-glycemic index. A low-glycemic index means it won’t spike up your blood sugar – thus, decreasing your risk of diabetes. Processed foods like refined breads, rice or pasta can raise blood sugar levels and are known to increase acne and wrinkles, as well as insulin resistance. Also try: barley, brown rice
4. Fish: Especially salmon. Fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids and offers many anti-aging benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids help to lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol), decrease odds for stroke by decreasing plaque formation and reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Also try: lake trout, tuna (albacore packed in water)
5. Kale, spinach, collard greens: These are great sources of Vitamin C, zinc and beta-carotene which helps to protect your vision from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness after age 64.
6. Lean Protein: Beans and lentils are a great source of plant-based protein with lots of fiber too. For those carnivores out there, small portions of lean meat (3-4 ounces), such as top sirloin, helps to build collagen.
7. Grapes/Red wine: We’ve all heard about resveratrol, a powerful anti-oxidant found in red wine which helps to decrease your risk of getting cancer, heart disease and premature aging.